Stepping Stone

DIY Memory Stepping Stone

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Stepping Stone 1Now you CAN save those precious hand and foot prints or even handwriting! 

This is a fabulous activity for kids of ALL ages, and what a terrific way to spend some valuable time together as a family.

It’s also a much appreciated gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparents Day, birthdays, or simply a fun way to decorate your yard as a family project.




Do-It-Yourself Stepping Stones

*If you’d rather purchase a kit, than make it from scratch, you might want to check THIS out.

 

Directions:

Buy a package of concrete at your local hardware store.

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 Mix concrete according to package directions.

As you will see, we made several at a time.  Stepping Stone 3

Because we made half dozen at a time, for convenience Stepping Stone 4




We used a drill and a a mortar mixer in a 5 gallon bucket.

Stepping Stone 5 After making the concrete, pour into disposable aluminum pie tins and smooth with a putty knife, spatula or any flat object. Stepping Stone 6 Let the concrete set up enough until it will hold an imprint.

Then decorate with handprint, footprint, marbles, stones, have the kids write their names with a craft stick; whatever your heart desires! Stepping Stone 7




Allow to sit overnight at room temperature. And voila! Stepping Stone 8 They pop right out without any problem or hitch at all as along as they are dried completely through.  Stepping Stone 9

In humid or cold environments, let them dry as long as needed before removing them from the tin.Stepping Stone 10 These stepping stones can be placed outside in the garden or where ever you desire because they are made out of cement it can withstand the weather. Mom’s, dad’s, grandparents, friend’s, anyone appreciate receiving one of these and the kids will have a blast making them!

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015

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Ribbon or Rag Tie Flip Flops

DIY Rag Tie Flip Flops

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Ribbon or Rag Tie Flip Flops

DIY Easy Rag or Ribbon Tie Decorate Your Own Flip Flops

This fun, quick, inexpensive way to decorate your feet is so creative, yet easy with a little bit of fabric torn into strips OR some ribbon!

It’s a great camp craft, teen activity, girls day project to have for days at the pool, or to make to match your summer outfits, or just because you want to have an excuse to dress up your feet!!!




DIY Funky Flip Flops

Supplies:

• A pair of plain flip flops

• Fabric of your choice  OR 1″ wide ribbon would work just as well, cut into 6″ lengths

• Pinking Shears

• RulerFunky Flip Flops 1


Directions: First you will want to cut strips of fabric into 1 inch wide and 6 inches long.

The strips do not need to be exact.Funky Flip Flops 2Don’t worry if you don’t have pinking shears you can use a pair of regular scissors as well.

When cutting the fabric, use about 25-30 strips of fabric per flip flop (depending on the shoe size.)

Next you will want to tie the fabric around the flip flop straps.Funky Flip Flops 3When tying the fabric around the flip flop, tye it into one knot. Funky Flip Flops 4If you are going to use more than one type of material start alternating at this point.

You may notice your strands starting to fray. This is what adds charm!  Funky Flip Flops 5


Tie all the way down until there is about 2 inches of the flip flop strap showing.

You want to stop here, for comfort when wearing:)
Funky Flip Flops 6

Trim the edges to your preferred length.

Now you can make several, varying the color of the flip flop and fabric or ribbon!

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Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014, 2017

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today




DIY Memorial Grave Decoration

DIY Patriotic Memorial Decoration

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A wreath made from red, white and blue tulle netting, decorated with artificial flowers then set on a wooden dowel so it can be used outdoors.

Graveside Cemetery Homemade Marker to honor family and military

 

RAIN, SNOW OR SUN will not bother  this easy to make DIY Patriotic Memorial Decoration.

Display with pride, in memory of  your loved one or friend; while honoring your country with red, white and blue!

This homemade Patriotic graveside decoration is so quick to make and inexpensive too. 

It can be outside in the weather and used year after year; or easily converted to a wreath, as shown in my tutorial.

Add in a solar powered light to shine on it at night, and you can spotlight your much-loved friend or family member for all to see. 

Also, Memorial Day is a perfect time to tell the stories of family and friends who have given their life, or served our country, so that we can enjoy the freedoms and opportunities we do.  

I hope you will take a moment to explain what a difference these hero’s have made in our everyday life.  Gratitude is the greatest attribute we can demonstrate

 EASY Do-It-Your-Self  (DIY) Patriotic Memorial Decoration

Supplies:

3 rolls of tulle, each 12 yards 6″wide

Red HERE

Blue HERE

White HERE

10″ Styrofoam circle HERE

Embellishments if desired THIS one has carnations, daisies and roses to choose from

Wooden dowel for sticking the decoration into the ground HERE is an option

Optional:  Patriotic Outdoor Solar Stake Lights like THESE

 

 Directions:

Begin with the tulle and Styrofoam circle

Cut tulle into 24″ lengths.

DIY Memorial Grave Decoration 1

Fold tulle in half and place behind the styrofoam circle as shown below.DIY Memorial Grave Decoration 2

DIY Memorial Grave Decoration 3

 Pull the loop over the top of the styrofoam circle and pull the two ends through the loop as shown below.

DIY Memorial Grave Decoration 3Repeat all around the circle and you will use about all of the tulle on the spools.DIY Memorial Grave Decoration 4

Determine the length you want the tails of the tuelle to be and measure, trimming all around. 

I held the end of the ruler at the inside of the circle and at 7″ trimmed the tulle netting to make it more even and uniform all around the outside of the decoration/wreath.

DIY Memorial Grave Decoration 5

 If desired, using glue gun attach embellishments. 

I glued the flowers right into the knot of the tulle since the hot glue would melt the Styrofoam.

DIY Memorial Grave Decoration 6

 Cut or break the dowel to the length desired. Push the dowel into the styrofoam circle, adjusting the tulle as needed. 

DIY Memorial Grave Decoration

 

  This can easily be made into a wreath also by adding a ribbon, tulle or hanger.DIY Memorial Grave Decoration 8

 

If you are head­ing out to clean the markers-headstones at the ceme­tery, my very clever hus­band fig­ured out a quick and effec­tive method to cut the over­grown grass and foliage.  

He used a pizza cutter and it worked so slick!

Bonus, the pizza cutter still works amazingly!Memorial Day 1

Then Stan used a kitchen dish scrub­ber with a han­dle, a bit of water and look how great this fam­ily marker looks!  

Memorial Day 2

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015, 2018

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